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Pride Month

Georges River is home to a range of diverse communities. During Pride Month, 1 - 30 June 2023, Georges River Council is proudly hosting a suite of local events and initiatives to celebrate and support our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Agender, Asexual and Ally (LGBTQIA+) communities in Georges River. 

Throughout Pride Month 2023, rainbow lights will display across Council's civic buildings at night as a celebration of diversity and inclusion.

Council also takes pride in providing safe places by supporting the Welcome Here Project. This project supports organisations throughout Australia to create and promote environments that are welcoming and inclusive. We encourage local businesses to register

Each of the events listed below are being held in Council venues where the Welcome Here sticker is proudly displayed at the entrance.

Cupcake Workshop and Exhibition Tour with Miss Seafood Paella

Miss Seafood Paella with colourful cupcakes and text about the workshop

As part of Hurstville Museum and Gallery's current exhibition, ‘Home in St George 1920-1960’, indulge your taste buds and let your creativity soar in a hands-on cupcake decorating class like no other!  

The talented Drag Queen, Miss Seafood Paella, will guide you through the colourful world of cupcake decoration. Learn the secrets to decorating cupcakes fit for a queen and follow her through a short glam-tour of our current exhibition, all while sipping on a glass of sparkling bubbly. 

Note: For adults +18. No cooking involved. Cupcakes and decorations might have nuts, diary and gluten. Cupcakes provided by Fit For a King Catering. 

When: Friday 16 June 2023, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Where: Hurstville Museum & Gallery
Cost: $25.00 per person 

Have Your Say In Your Way During Pride Month

Pride colurful flag waving in the wind

Come down to the Hurstville Library to share ideas and connect with others through a clay modelling workshop. Learn about LGBTQIA+ support groups and services across Sydney, including Glisten, a locally-based support and social group for young people facilitated by 2Connect and Kogarah Community Services.  

Expressive Artist, Laura Turner, will lead an interactive clay workshop in which you can create your own power symbol!  You’ll also hear from Council’s grants team about upcoming application rounds. Ask questions and share your ideas about how Council can support and empower individuals and groups to achieve community led goals and become leaders in our community.  

This is the last of four events at Hurstville Library designed to help you shape the priorities of Council’s Social Justice Charter Action Plan. 

When: Monday 19 June 2023, 4:00pm - 5.30pm
Where: Hurstville Library
Cost: Free

Pride Book Club

Five people sitting around a table laughing with coffees and books

Georges River Libraries' quarterly Pride Book Club is facilitated by gay author, Will Kostakis. Each Pride Book Club meeting centres on a theme, with the first theme being Representation.

The Pride Book Club aims to:

- promote books and graphic novels by LGBTQIA+ authors;
- provide an opportunity to discuss LGBTQIA+ stories, perspectives and themes; and
- provide a supportive and inclusive environment that is open to everyone.

When: Thursday 15 June 2023, 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Where: Clive James Library, Kogarah
Cost: FREE

Pride Collection and Canvas Artwork Exhibition at the Library

Image of Council library and shelves with booksCelebrate diversity at Clive James Library, Kogarah, by visiting the Georges River Libraries' Pride Collection and an exhibition of canvas artworks created by members of Glisten.

The Pride Collection showcases a wide range of stories that reflect different experiences and perspectives of the LGBTQIA+ community. From heart-warming romance to powerful coming-of-age tales, the Pride Collection provides an opportunity to build empathy, understanding and allies in the community.

To browse the collection, visit Clive James Library, Kogarah, or search 'Pride Collection' in our library catalogue and discover more from our libraries.

Alongside the Pride Collection at Clive James Library, Kogarah, an exhibition of canvas artworks produced by members of Glisten will also be featured during Pride Month.

Glisten is a monthly LGBTIQA+ social group for young people between the ages of 12- 18 years delivered by 2Connect Youth and Community.  To celebrate Pride Month, the young people engaged in a Healthy Relationship Workshop and created canvas tiles to promote healthy relationships to other young people who identify.

Pride Storytime

Image of kids on the carpet during story time
Celebrate Pride Month with special themed storytimes at Georges River Libraries. Suitable for children aged 3-5 years old.

Families come in all shapes and sizes, but the most important part of any family is love!

Join us as we read a selection of picture books from the Georges River Libraries Pride Collection and celebrate pride, diversity, and the joy of family. 

When: Tuesday 6 June 2023, 11.30am - 12.15pm
Where: Oatley Library
When: Wednesday 14 June 2023, 10.30am - 11.15am
Where: Penshurst Library 

When: Thursday 22 June 2023, 11.30am - 12.15am
Where: South Hurstville Library

When: Friday 30 June 2023, 10.30am - 11.15am
Where: Clive James Library Kogarah

Building LGBTIQA+ Inclusion Speakers’ Panel

Grid of diverse faces with colourful backgrounds

Hosted by Advance Diversity Services (ADS), this panel event is for community organisations, service providers and others in the Georges River area to increase their knowledge of how to work with LGBTIQA+ people to support and promote inclusion.

The event features speakers with a range of expertise and lived experience sharing their views about:

- The work they do with LGBTIQA+ people;
- How you can better support LGBTIQA+ people in your own services;
- What support and resources are available; and
- What meaningful inclusion looks and feels like to members of the LGBTIQA+ community.

The event also includes a Q&A session and networking lunch.

This special event is proudly funded by Georges River Council and the HIV and Related Programs Unit of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.

When: 8 June 2023, 10:30am - 12:45pm
Where: Hurstville Library
Cost: FREE 

Call out from Hurstville Museum & Gallery for donations from local LGBTQIA+ community

Front Facade of Hurstville Museum & Gallery on a sunny day

Hurstville Museum & Gallery is dedicated to recording the stories of individuals and communities in the St George region from its earliest peoples to the present day, highlighting how life has changed over the years. In line with Pride month, they are seeking donations from local members of the LGBTQIA+ community, to better preserve and share this important aspect of our community’s story. 
They are particularly interested in donation offers of artworks and historical items related to the Georges River area. This object can either be directly or indirectly related to your experience of your identity. They are also happy to consider objects owned or created by LGBTQIA+ family members. 
If you have an object that you would like to donate, please get in touch with Hurstville Museum & Gallery by email at to receive a copy of the donation enquiry form.  You can also receive a hard copy of this form in person by visiting Hurstville Museum & Gallery

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